Is it real?
Sorry for this devotional being posted a bit late in the day. I started it this morning but had early morning appointments and have just gotten the chance to sit and put down some digital ink.
Lets consider if, it is real.
Note from Kip…
There are a few basic fundamentals that determine if we are going to alter our behavior based on a discovered truth.
We have confidence in the source of truth
The Bible, God’s Word, is so much more than just a book of history, rules, and dictates. It’s God message of His love to us, His creation. If we believe in the the validity of the Bible, we don’t have the option of picking portions that we value and others that we do not.
The Word is imparted to us as a completed work. It is the ultimate truth. Spoken to us by God through His Spirit’s influence on the authors that penned the words.
These ‘words’ that were penned by these authors are not merely the writers interpretation of what God intended them to write. No, what they wrote is precisely what God says.
If we trust these truths and have confidence in them, then this Word of God demands a alteration in our natural path in life, and as it influences us we will see a change in our behavior. This alteration, repentance, replaces our natural tendency to focus on self, personal gratification and denial of God’s role in our lives.
Pay careful attention, then, to how you live — not as unwise people but as wise — making the most of the time, because the days are evil. So don’t be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. And don’t get drunk with wine, which leads to reckless living, but be filled by the Spirit: speaking to one another in psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, singing and making music with your heart to the Lord, giving thanks always for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, submitting to one another in the fear of Christ.
Ephesians 5:15-21 (CSB)
We believe that the truth impacts us
The direct result of acknowledgment of God’s Word as being the ultimate source of truth translates into a demand for action in congruence with the Bibles teaching and specifically those expressed by Jesus Christ Himself.
There is not sufficient space here to go into intricate detail what the sum of these actions are, but we can with a few verses cover the those which provide the core precedence for further conformance. Again, that conformance, repentance, doles out alteration of our behavior on an ongoing basis.
They said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved — you and your household.”
Acts 16:31 (CSB)
If we acknowledge this truth then we come to understand that we are by nature in a fallen state, then this natural state condemns us to destruction and eternal punishment. Furthermore, we believe without reservation that faith and trust in Jesus Christ as our redeemer and substitute, forever changes that natural course to a supernatural result.
When the time came to completion, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba, Father! ”
Galatians 4:4-6 (CSB)
That supernatural result is to more than alter our course in this life but ultimately change our heritage so that while we were born in the flesh we are reborn as sons and daughters of God.
This imbues in us a new nature that is of God, which contrasts the nature that is born in our fleshly bodies. This new nature, transforms our approach, our world view, and our social interaction. This new nature is eager to please God through our willingness to submit to His authority and serve Him with joy and enthusiasm.
Ultimately this new nature is responsive to the call, by Christ Jesus, for us to establish and grow His kingdom through our dedication to His instruction. To conform to His standards and to lead others to that same commitment to become His Disciples.
Jesus came near and said to them, “All authority has been given to me in heaven and on earth. Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
Matthew 28:18-20 (CSB)
Every individual that truly believes that the Word of God is the ultimate truth, is called to be His Disciple. These Disciples are called to do some specific things; Go, make Disciples, Baptize them, and Teach them.
This isn’t the end game, it is the beginning of life, real life based on the real truth of God’s Word.
We understand the ramifications of not altering our behavior
Also when we place our faith and trust in God’s Word being the ultimate truth, we must come to the conclusion that the results of not paying heed to the call to salvation will result in the ultimate eternal death described in it’s pages, which is the result of failing to submit to a Holy and Righteous God.
For when you were slaves of sin, you were free with regard to righteousness. So what fruit was produced then from the things you are now ashamed of?
The outcome of those things is death. But now, since you have been set free from sin and have become enslaved to God, you have your fruit, which results in sanctification — and the outcome is eternal life!
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 6:20-23 (CSB)
In short, you’ve come to realize that the difference in trust in the Word of God is so much more than those glib descriptions that people attempt to encapsulate a definitions of what this book really is. It is The Word Of God and as such, carries all His authority, truth, and justice.
Is it real?
What it comes down to is what you believe is real and what is not.
Is it real, is your faith in the Bible as the living Word of God true?
Is it real, do you affirm that short of God’s supernatural intervention in your course your ultimate destintation would be enteral separation from God?
Is it real, that you have been not only saved from everlasting death, but have been adopted into God’s family as His Son or Daughter?
Is it real, that obedience isn’t an option because Jesus said, “If you love me, you will obey me!”?
Is it real that people will perish if we are not faithful to the Lord, directive to be Disciples, and make Disciples of all?
If it is real then your life will be changed by His Grace and Love. If Jesus is real then you will have found your salvation. If the lost are real then you will feel a responsibility to tell those in their burning homes that there is safety in stepping out into the light of the Lord.
It all hinges on if you believe, it is real!